The following is an excerpt of an article from the Discovery website detailing the role GMOs can play in fighting world hunger.
ARTICLE: World Hunger Is Only Getting Worse. How Can We Fight It?
By • July 11, 2018
How is a transgenic organism or GMO created?How is genetic engineering different from traditional agricultural breeding?With an ever-increasing global population, will transgenic organisms help increase carrying capacity or are there a greater...
Posted on July 4, 2018
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on July 30, 2018
Thank you for your questions, we will address each question separately below. How is a transgenic organism or GMO created? When people refer to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), they are referring to precision plant breeding using genetic engineering. It allows plant breeders to take a desirable trait (like resistance to drought, insects, weeds, and disease) from one plant or organism and transfer it to the plant they want to improve, as well as make... Read More
Posted on July 30, 2018
Response from: Christopher Barbey, PhD Student, Plant Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology • on July 27, 2018
Genetic engineering (GE) touches on the routine life of billions of people (but not everyone). Food, clothes, and medicine are commonly made with the help of genetically engineered organisms. Certain medicines, like insulin, could only be mass-produced this way. Fiber for clothes is made less expensive thanks to GE cotton plants. You also PROBABLY sometimes eat plants with a few engineered genes, depending on where you live. But genetic engineering isn’t just for making new or better... Read More
How can we make GMOs so that they do not do anything except for help our plants, and not hurt our body?
Posted on February 28, 2018
Response from: Andy Newhouse , P.h.D. Student • on July 20, 2018
This is an important question! Of course scientists wouldn't want to release any plants or products that would be harmful to humans. The first part of the answer is that I'm not aware of ANY examples of released GMOs hurting human bodies. In fact, GMO (or genetically engineered, GE) crops have actually helped both plants and human health, by making harvests more efficient and reducing the need to spray harmful pesticides. Safety to humans is an important part of the... Read More